Tirana, 19 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, met today in Istanbul with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The focus of their meeting was the security situation in the region, as part of the joint challenge against terrorism, the crisis with the Syrian refugees as a result of the escalation of conflict in that country and the need to further develop the excellent relations between the two countries.
The development in the water sector occupied an important place in this meeting. President Erdogan promised to the Albanian PM special support with concrete investment programs for drinking water and irrigation system in agricultural areas.
Also, a number of concrete actions were determined to strengthen health and educational infrastructure through the partnership between public and private sector.
President Erdogan has also talked about the work of Albanian police in the fight against crime and drug traffic. He mentioned Albania’s success in the energy reform, battle for the formalization of economy and the courage of the Albanian government for the great reforms which have led Albania in the path of building a serious state.
Recently, contacts between Rama and Erdogan have become less frequent, although when the Albanian PM came into power, he declared Turkey a strategic partner, along with Greece and Italy. Rama also promised joint government meetings, but this was never the case. /ibna/